What exactly do they teach you at school? Do you study history? Geography? (Lines 100-101) What does she learn about the world? What is she learning? (Line 116)
Lilia has plenty to learn at school. We live here now. She was born here. How can you possibly expect her to know about Partition? Imagine the pressures, the tutors, the constant exams. L 102
We learned American history, American geography. We studied the Revolutionary War...During tests, we were given blank maps of the thirteen colonies and asked to fill in names, dates, capitals. I could do it with my eyes closed. Lines 117-127
Lilia's internal conflict
Now that I had learned Mr. Pirzada was not Indian, I began to study him with extra care, to try to figure out what made him different. Lines 288-289
Mrs. Kenyon handed us a slip of paper with the names of three books to look up. We found them right away, and sat at a low round table to read and take notes. But I could not concentrate.
Eventually, I found a book titled Pakistan: A Land and Its People. I began turning the pages. There was a chapter about Dacca.
"What are you doing back here?" said Mrs. Kenyon in the library. "Is this book a part of your report, Lilia?" Then I see no reason to consult it. Do you? Lines 300-321